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Futureheads Rule the ‘World’ in NYC

With a metronome-precise set and confidence aplenty, the proto-punk Brit quartet unveil excellent new album This Is Not the World to a sold-out crowd.

“Imagine you’re a seagull,” said Barry Hyde, frontman of Brit post-punks the Futureheads, instructing a sold-out crowd last night (June 17) at the Bowery Ballroom to shout along to new tune “Everything’s Changing Today.” And upon his request, the diverse mass — from tweens to senior citizens — broke into squawking ah ah ahs accentuating the catchy track off the act’s new album, This Is Not the World, as they leapt in unison and threw worry wayside during the snappy set.

On American soil performing a handful of NYC gigs behind their third record to date, the outfit proved they’re seasoned stage characters, chattering between songs, pleasing with guitar acrobatics, crunchy math-rock crescendos and — most importantly — post-smart and vigorous album-worthy live takes. New songs like the chanting “The Beginning of a Twist” and the melodic, vocally firing “Walking Backwards” were met with fierce response, as were select older tunes such as “Meantime” and “Skip to the End.”

“This song sounds a little like Queen,” spat Hyde, prefacing “Think Tonight,” a shredding gem off the new full-length. But while the vocalist/guitarist’s lofty comparisons to Freddy Mercury and co. may go unrealized, the quartet have certainly found their knack and are flaunting it with exactitude and confidence.

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The Futureheads / Photo by William Goodman

The Futureheads / Photo by William Goodman

The Futureheads / Photo by William Goodman

The Futureheads / Photo by William Goodman

The Futureheads / Photo by William Goodman

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